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American Psychiatric Association to call for gay marriage

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 4:40 am    Post subject: American Psychiatric Association to call for gay marriage Reply with quote

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ATLANTA -- Representatives of the nation's top psychiatric group approved a statement Sunday urging legal recognition of gay marriage.

If approved by the association's directors in July, the measure would make the American Psychiatric Association the first major medical group to take such a stance.

The statement supports same-sex marriage ''in the interest of maintaining and promoting mental health.''

It follows a similar measure by the American Psychological Association last year, little more than three decades after that group removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

The psychiatric association's statement, approved by voice vote on the first day of its weeklong annual meeting in Atlanta, cites the ''positive influence of a stable, adult partnership on the health of all family members.''

The resolution recognizes ''that gay men and lesbians are full human beings who should be afforded the same human and civil rights,'' said Margery Sved, a Raleigh, N.C., psychiatrist and member of the assembly's committee on gay and lesbian issues.

The document clarifies that the association is addressing same-sex civil marriage, not religious marriages. It takes no position on any religion's views on marriage.

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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be more impressed if the statement came from a hard science group. For example, there was a thing on CNN the other day from Sweden saying gay men respond to male hormones and straight men respond to female hormones. That means more to me than the current political policy/posture of a group.
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